Comparable in size to the UK, but with a population of only four million, New Zealand is one of the world's least crowded countries, but one of the most amazing and diverse for holidays.
Even after the huge increase in tourism since that thinly-disguised tourist board promotion known to some people as The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. The country's spectacularly beautiful landscapes - mountain ranges, huge lakes, active volcanoes, glacier-carved fjords, sweeping coastlines and pristine forests - were the perfect backdrop to the action in the movies, and often stole the show completely from acting that was sometimes more wooden than the scenery. Sorry, Orlando
After several research trips to New Zealand in recent years, Original Travel feels pretty well qualified to talk you through the highlights while planning your luxury holiday. With more than a third of the country protected by National Parks, New Zealand is a playground for action men and women (and elves), and we can recommend and organise the best outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, abseiling, rafting, sailing, skiing and climbing. Original Travel's New Zealand team can also arrange tastings at some of the country's outstanding wineries for the less action-orientated.
New Zealand hosts an exciting menu of food, wine, luxury accommodation, wildlife and adventure, making it a perfect destination for any luxury holiday. Plus New Zealanders are incredibly warm and welcoming, not to mention very proud of their country and heritage. It is therefore an integral part of any luxury New Zealand holiday to visit a 'marae' (traditional Maori meeting house), to fully appreciate the beauty of this country and its people. What's stopping you?
Auckland, on the North Island, the likely starting point of any luxury holiday itinerary, is a teaser for the rest of the trip with its friendly people, great cafes and restaurants, boat trips, bungee jumps and a glistening evening sky line. From here the world is your oyster, and speaking of oysters, Marlborough Sounds in the South Island may be worth a visit, if not for its views and fresh seafood than for its wine. Or maybe go to Queenstown to sample the best steak in New Zealand (at the Botswana Butchery to be more precise), followed by a night in a luxury lodge. The list really is endless of where to go in New Zealand, and our fantastic Australasia team are here to help tailor make the best Kiwi experience.
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